If there was one thing the Philadelphia Eagles were going to do, especially in a dome coming off a monster performance, it was to ride the hot hand and feed LeSean McCoy the ball early and often, right?
Wrong. McCoy shockingly only amassed eight carries for 38 yards in a head scratching offensive strategy for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. Some of this had to do with the lead the Minnesota Vikings built, and it became clear late in the game with the Eagles chasing points that they would need to throw and get yards in chunks to score points.
Why not feed your best all around player early, though? McCoy was not involved from the get go, and it almost looked like the game plan was throw, throw, throw. This is certainly not the norm for Kelly. He has made it a point to give McCoy the carries he desires as he is already four carries away from his career high with two games to go.
This game may just have been an aberration. Perhaps Kelly felt he could expose the Vikings through the air more so than on the ground, but rules should be thrown out the window when you have a running back as dynamic as McCoy in your backfield.
I have nothing but confidence that Kelly will make Shady the focal point of the offense going forward starting next Sunday against a Chicago Bears team that has a woeful run defense.
This game won’t be one to remember for either McCoy, Kelly, or the defense. The Eagles caught a major break with the Dallas Cowboys‘ epic choke job. Perhaps fate intervened. With Kelly, a dominant running game, and a hot quarterback this team looks destined to come out of the NFC East.